BY: Bruce Berlet
Brent Thompson could be in line for a Coach of the Year daily double.
The former Hartford Wolf Pack defenseman was named ECHL Coach of the Year last season after leading the Alaska Aces to the regular season and playoff titles. Now Thompson is a leading contender for AHL Coach of the Year after guiding the Bridgeport Sound Tigers from seeming oblivion to challenging the Connecticut Whale for the Northeast Division lead.
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There certainly was not going to be much not to like for Connecticut Whale head coach Ken Gernander not to like after his team crushed the injury and call-up depleted Bridgeport Sound Tigers 6-3 at the XL Center in front of a small but vocal crowd of 2,745 Friday night.
“(It was) a pretty solid team game where everybody chipped in and did their part.” Gernander said. “We spread (the scoring0 out pretty well…I’m pretty happy with the special teams.”
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By Bruce Berlet
The Connecticut Whale enjoyed a rare day off Monday from the most hectic segment of their schedule after two workmanlike bounce-back wins following a horrid showing in Toronto on Wednesday.
But most players might have been a bit on edge while sharing time with love ones on Valentine’s Day. The NHL trading deadline was only two weeks away (Feb. 28), and while the Whale were parlaying solid defensive work and goaltending from Dov Grumet-Morris with an effective power play into a 4-1 victory over Providence on Sunday, New York Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather was telling the New York Post’s Larry Brooks that he felt the organization had stockpiled enough assets to make a deal if needed.
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